The front door plays a pivotal role in your home security. It’s your home’s final stand against burglars, which is why ensuring you have ample security at your front door is critical. Your security system may already have a door sensor that monitors unexpected openings, but that’s not enough. You need a security measure that can discourage potential intruders and at the same time alert you before a burglar breaks in. For that, we recommend a video doorbell.
Video doorbells are essentially a security camera, doorbell, and intercom rolled into one device. Plus, with their ability to connect to your smartphone via the internet, they allow you to monitor your home anytime, anywhere. Not all video doorbells are created equal, though, so in this guide, we’ll discuss the six video doorbells that stand out the most and in what types of settings they are best suited for.
Our Minimum Standards
1080p HD resolution
Field of view
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Is it really a surprise that a Ring video doorbell is at the top of this list? Ring pioneered the evolution of video doorbells, so it’s no wonder that their doorbell cameras are ahead of the curve.
Ring’s most advanced video doorbell is the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2. Its 150-degree field of view alone is enough to put it ahead of other options. That wide-angle view applies both to its horizontal and vertical orientation. Essentially, that means it can give you a head-to-toe visual of whoever’s at your door and an almost wall-to-wall view on both sides. There’s no hiding from this video doorbell.
On top of that, it has one of the clearest video resolutions we’ve seen in video doorbells. It captures in 1536p HD, which is just a few hundred pixels shy from 2K HD. It also features HDR to capture videos that pop, as well as color night vision for clear nighttime videos.
Here’s some more quick specs:
1536p with HDR
Field of view
150-degrees (horizontal and vertical)
Color or infrared
Dimensions (in inches)
Noise and echo cancellation
What We Liked
Wide field of view
Birds-eye view feature
3D motion detection
What We Didn’t Like
Subscription required to save recorded video
Not compatible with Google Assistant
Ring’s ongoing privacy concerns
3D Motion Detection
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is also sharp-eyed, able to detect incoming guests before they even get to your front door. It uses 3D motion detection, which improves on regular motion sensors by adding radar technology.
The radar identifies the distance of a moving object, allowing the doorbell to start recording once someone enters a designated range – for instance, within 10 feet from the front door. And since radar doesn’t rely on visibility, we found the 3D motion detection reliable even in extremely low-light conditions.
Bird’s Eye View Feature
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 also has a birds-eye view feature to augment existing live streams of video recordings and provide additional insight. The aerial perspective provides more context to your recordings.
In our tests, Ring mapped out our Amazon delivery guy’s journey up the driveway, reflected as a dotted line on a map. These details can come in handy in case of an attempted break-in, as it paints a clearer picture of how the culprit got all the way to your front door. You can use that information to address weak points and blind spots to spoil future break-in attempts.
A video doorbell that lets you speak to guests through your smartphone is useful, but one that greets guests for you is even better. Thanks to Ring’s close ties with Alexa, the Video Doorbell Pro 2 offers Alexa Greetings.
When someone rings your doorbell, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will greet them after a short delay. Alexa can either take a message or deliver instructions on where to leave packages. Unfortunately, those are the only two things Alexa can do for now, but they can be immensely useful in combating package theft.
To enable Alexa Greetings, you’ll need a Ring Protect plan, which is the same subscription for Ring’s cloud storage service starting at $3 per month.
FYI: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is a hardwired-only video doorbell. It doesn’t have a battery option, so it’s not going to work for you if you don’t have existing doorbell wirings. If you want a similar but slightly more basic doorbell, try the Ring Battery Doorbell Plus. While it lacks 3D motion detection and Alexa Greetings, it offers the same viewing angle and resolution as the Pro 2.
2. Wyze Video Doorbell - Most Affordable Video Doorbell
The Wyze Doorbell is small and affordable, but it packs quite a punch in terms of features. It measures just 3.25” x 1.5” .625”, but within that small frame, it includes a LED light for color night vision and a respectable 120-degree vertical and 88-degree horizontal field of view. It’s also solidly built with an IP 65 weatherproof rating.
The Wyze Video Doorbell is also quite affordable with its $35 retail price that includes a wireless chime. Better still, you get free cloud storage with optional cloud subscriptions starting at just $2.99 per month for a single camera or $9.99 per month for unlimited cameras.
What We Liked
Stellar image quality
LED light built-in
What We Didn’t Like
Need to pay extra for person detection
Does not control your existing doorbell
No local storage
Narrow field of view
At just $35, the Wyze doorbell is one of the most affordable video doorbells on the market. However, unlike some other bargain doorbells we’ve tested, Wyze performed relatively well.
There are two options for cloud recording: A basic free subscription, and Wyze Cam Plus. The former gives you 14 days of cloud storage for 12-second motion clips. However, there’s a five-minute delay before it can record again after each recording, which means you may miss important events if they last for more than 12 seconds.
The paid option allows for back-to-back recordings, as well as added features like person, package, vehicle, and pet detection and event fast-forwarding. A Cam Plus subscription costs $2.99 monthly per camera or $9.99 monthly for unlimited cameras. Discounts are available for annual subscriptions.
$2.99/camera or $9.99 for unlimited cameras
No (5-minute delay)
Smoke + CO sound-triggered alerts
Cloud storage duration in days
The Wyze doorbell may not be as fancy as the other doorbells on this list, but it more than meets our video quality standards. Its 1080p HD resolution impressed us, much like when we reviewed the Wyze security cameras. The color night vision, provided by its LED light, was also a nice touch, although we much better preferred using the infrared night vision.
The 3:4 aspect ratio was also noteworthy, as it gave us a full head-to-toe view of anyone standing in front of our door. The downside is that it loses some peripheral vision, so if you go with the Wyze doorbell, we recommend supplementing it with a Wyze camera on your porch. Fortunately, Wyze Cams are some of the most affordable security cameras in the market.
Let’s face it: Recharging your video doorbell every six or so months is not fun. And since video doorbells play a vital role in home security, you wouldn’t want dead batteries to be the reason you lose critical video evidence in case of a break-in. With the Wyze Doorbell, which connects right to your existing doorbell setup, you wouldn’t have to worry about running out of juice. Yes, you might have to spend a few extra minutes setting up the doorbell’s wiring, but it’s set-and-forget once it’s there.
If you really want a battery-powered doorbell, though, the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro is a good option from Wyze. It’s more expensive, retailing for $93.99, but it runs on battery with up to six months of battery life, and it features a 1440p Full HD camera. It also boasts a wide viewing angle (150-degree) with a 1:1 aspect ratio, which means it’s similar to the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2.
Google Nest is a smart home security powerhouse, and one of its greatest assets is the interoperability and interconnectivity of its products. If you use Google Nest products at home, then the best doorbell for you is the Google Nest Doorbell.
You have two options: a battery-powered Google Nest Doorbell or a hardwired version. Either way, your front door will have access to Google’s advanced facial recognition software, in addition to enjoying the smart home networking capabilities of Google Nest products.
What We Liked
Innovative facial recognition feature
Sleek, stylish design
Worked seamlessly with Google Assistant and other Nest products
Users set custom home and away rules
What We Didn’t Like
Tricky to install and setup
Subscription required to store video
Relatively expensive device
Required chime box to function
Our Nest Doorbell video doorbell worked great as a standalone device, but because it’s from Nest, it also worked as part of our larger Nest camera system, including, for instance, our Google Nest Hub smart display and our Google Nest Mini smart speaker. And because Nest is part of the Google family, it’s set up to work seamlessly with Google Assistant voice commands. All we had to tell our phone was “Google, what’s on our doorbell?” and the app popped open with streaming live video.
Nest may not have pioneered the invention of video doorbells, but it did pioneer the use of facial recognition in security cameras. The Nest Cam IQ was one of the earliest cameras to offer facial recognition, and since then, every Nest camera comes with the feature, including the Nest Doorbell.
Nest uses facial recognition not just to tag whoever’s at your front door, but to deliver insightful notifications. You can create custom alerts based on facial recognition. For instance, we set our Nest Doorbell to alert us when an unfamiliar person approaches our front door, but not when a household member walks in. For parents, it’s also possible to set up notifications when their children get home so they know if their kids are safe and sound.
The downside is that you need a Nest Aware subscription to enjoy facial recognition. Nest Aware is Nest’s cloud service, which also enables cloud recording. And since the doorbells don’t record video without Nest Aware, we strongly suggest getting a subscription. Your options are the Nest Aware for $6 per month or Nest Aware Plus for $12 per month.
Nest Aware Plus
$6/month or $60/year
$12/month or $120/year
30-day event history
60-day event history
No continuous recording
10-day continuous recording
Familiar Face Alerts
Familiar Face Alerts
Tip: Privacy advocates have raised concerns about facial recognition software in video doorbells.1 To protect your own privacy, you should avoid using cameras in any sensitive areas such as bedrooms and bathrooms.
Clear Day and Night Vision
We were impressed by the Nest doorbell’s video resolution of 1600p HD, above the industry standard. It also had a 160-degree field of view. But the video wasn’t just clear in the daytime. The Nest Doorbell’s infrared night vision uses 850 nm LED sensors allowing us to see whatever was happening, no matter what time it happened.
4. Arlo Video Doorbell - Best Smart Motion Detection
Arlo Video Doorbells feature some powerful AI technology. For instance, the camera in these doorbells can tell the difference between your next door neighbor stopping by, that tabby cat that likes to lay on your porch, and the box of chocolates you ordered from Godiva. Of course, unlocking that technology requires a subscription to one of the company’s Arlo Secure plans. You can test out a plan for free, though, when you purchase a camera, and prices for subscriptions start at a very affordable $12.99 a month.
What We Liked
Integration with both Alexa and Google Assistant
1536 x 1536 pixel resolution
Free seven days of cloud video storage
Wired and wireless models available
What We Didn’t Like
People, pets, and packages detection is only available with a monitoring subscription
Confusing app interface
Not IP rated
No professional installation option
The Three Ps
The Arlo Doorbell has artificial intelligence that allows it to detect what we like to call the three Ps: people, pets, and packages. Thus, real-time alerts didn’t just let us know the camera had detected movement but also identified exactly what kind of movement it detected. That’s infinitely better than getting random alerts throughout the day and having to pull up footage to find out what’s going on at home. Plus, we always knew when a package had arrived, so we could take measures to outwit porch pirates, like having our neighbor store it until we got home.
Free Arlo Secure Trial
Of course, to get access to Arlo’s AI technology, you’ll have to purchase a subscription to Arlo Secure, the company’s monitoring service. Luckily, Arlo offers a free three-month trial of Secure with the purchase of a Video Doorbell. In addition to artificial intelligence functions, Arlo Secure gives you video resolution up to 4K, theft replacement coverage, and 30 days worth of cloud storage. Once the three months are up, you have to purchase a plan, but the basic subscription costs just $12.99 per month. Or you can upgrade to the Safe and Secure Pro plan and get full 24/7 professional monitoring for $24.99 a month.
Do It Yourself, Even With the Wired Model
Arlo’s cheapest video doorbell is a wired model. The company also has a wireless version, but it costs $50.00 more. A lot of people prefer wireless doorbells because they don’t require any technical know-how to install. The thing is, Arlo’s wired model is actually super simple to set up. Pop out your existing doorbell, twist a couple of wires together, and you’re done. Totally DIY in less the fifteen minutes (just be sure to follow their instructions). Arlo even includes easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions in the app. Plus, with the wired version, you never have to worry about changing batteries.
5. Logitech Video Doorbell - Best Video Doorbell for Siri
The Logitech Video Doorbell has it all, nearly: great video quality, increased privacy, and a smooth app experience. If you’re an Apple loyalist like we are, you’ll want to add this to their collection.
What We Liked
Secure cloud storage
Easy installation process
1600p HD video quality
What We Didn’t Like
Cannot view the feed from Androids
No battery option
Narrow viewing angles
Only works with HomeKit
Straightforward Installation Process
Though we had the option to have the Logitech Video Doorbell installed professionally for an additional $100, we went for the DIY option. First, we connected the doorbell’s powerline using a micro-USB cable and a 5V 2A AC adapter. Then, we paired the doorbell to our Wi-Fi network. Next, we attached the chime kit to our existing transformer and our door chime, snapped the doorbell onto its mounting plate, and voilá! We were cooking with gas.
Color Night Vision
When we looked at night footage from the Circle View, we were impressed with the detail captured. Infrared night vision is the norm, but sometimes that footage looks grainy and blurs out important details. The Circle View used an LED light at night, which illuminated our whole front porch and even parts of our driveway. The feature turned on automatically there was motion and shined a bright beam of light onto visitors. We got quality footage in color, even when the sun had set.
Specific Motion Detection
We were most impressed with the Circle View Doorbell’s advanced motion detection. We pulled our car into the driveway just as a stray cat darted through our yard and a branch fell out of our neighbor’s tree. The Circle View reacted quickly and accurately to the series of events. It could tell what was a vehicle, an animal, and an inanimate object. We saw the series of events mapped out on a scrolling timeline within the app. We thought the mapping feature was really neat, and understanding an event in such detail would definitely come in handy for something more serious, like a burglary.
NOTE: The Circle View can’t pair with Alexa or Google Home.
6. Lorex Video Doorbell - Best Video Doorbell with Local Video Storage
The Lorex Doorbell Camera is great for anyone who prefers a hardwired system that’s also completely DIY. Oh, and it also happens to be about half the price of most other video doorbells, costing just $129.99. That meant that we could secure our house without having to break the bank.
What We Liked
Local storage of up to 64 GB
No monthly fees
Infrared night vision
What We Didn’t Like
No professional monitoring available
No cloud storage
No person detection
A Lorex Video doorbell can be had for just $129.99, about half of what the more expensive examples on this list cost. It’s true that Lorex doesn’t come with some of the high-priced extras you might get elsewhere like cloud storage. But its 1080p HD video resolution matches the industry standard, and it offers a wide 160-degree field of vision. It also includes infrared night vision, two-way audio, and free local storage. That’s a heck of a lot of features to get for such a low price.
The Lorex Video Doorbell is small and fairly unobtrusive, four inches by 1.7, and only one inch wide. That meant it didn’t give our front door a cluttered look. In fact, it didn’t look all that different from a traditional doorbell. The faceplate is a stylish black and silver, with rounded features within a rectangular casing. All-in-all, it told visitors we like our technology, but we also like it to blend well with our signature style.
In general, we prefer hardwired video doorbell systems for one simple reason: no batteries required. Unfortunately, purchasing a wired system often means hiring a professional installer. Lorex, however, was completely DIY. We connected a few wires, attached the faceplate, and were done. It was hardwiring without the hassle!
Video Doorbell Methodology
What qualities do we look for in a video doorbell, and how do we know if something is up to par? In this section, we discuss exactly how we put this list together.
We know that our doorbell is one of the first things visitors see at our home, so it is important to us that we like the aesthetics as well as the technology. The next thing we look for is durability. We want to know each video doorbell’s temperature range and then make sure that it doesn’t get any hotter or colder than where we live. Sometimes, IP ratings2 are also available. Those are very helpful in giving us an idea about how resistant it is to liquids and solids.
A large body surface like the back of a hand, but no intentional contact with a body part
Dripping water falling vertically
Fingers or similar objects
Dripping water falling from 15-degree tilt
Tools, thick wires, etc.
Most wires, screws, etc.
Water jets 6.3mm & below
Powerful water jets 12.5mm & below
Immersion up to 1m
Immersion over 1m
The next factor we consider is whether the video doorbell is battery-powered or hardwired. While hardwiring is certainly a more complicated process, we like that we don’t have to worry about changing the batteries if we go that route. If our video doorbell is battery-powered, on the other hand, we want to be sure that the battery life is six months or longer. We also prefer devices that notify us if the battery is low. Finally, we like to learn about the circumstances that trigger the doorbell to record, which is typically either when it senses motion or people, or when the doorbell is pressed. Sometimes there is also an option for 24/7 continuous recording.
Of course, the main feature of any video doorbell is its camera, and we are sticklers for our security camera necessary features test. We review the cameras in terms of technical specifications as well as our own experience using them, judging them based on their video, audio, night vision, storage, smart platform integrations, and artificial intelligence capabilities. Keep reading for more detail about each.
1080p HD is the industry standard for security camera video display. We also look for fields of view that are 120 degrees or wider. Finally, it’s nice if the camera can zoom optically or digitally, although it isn’t a deal-breaker if it can’t.
All of the video doorbells we review have built-in speakers and microphones which enable two-way audio. Two-way audio means that we can actually speak to whoever is in front of our doorbell camera, whether we are in the house or across the world.
We prefer infrared night vision over color night vision from a bright white light because it is way less conspicuous. LED sensors are hardly noticeable, and if we are recording an intruder at night, we want to make sure that they don’t know. Most video doorbells have infrared night vision. The strength of the LED vision depends on the amount of LED sensors, but there are no hard and fast rules.
There are a number of reasons to store our recorded footage. If we have an intrusion, we want some footage to show to the police. Sometimes, we like to store footage for sentimental reasons, like when we brought our dog home for the first time. Whatever reason, we always back up our footage in two ways, locally on a hard drive or device, as well as on the cloud.
Companies differ when it comes to local and cloud storage. Some offer cloud for free, some offer local for free, and some charge for both or give both for free. We also saw 60 days of cloud storage offered for $3 per month and 30 days of cloud storage offered for $6 per month, so there is some variance. The point is, storage is something we take very seriously and factor into the overall cost when choosing a video doorbell.
Smart Platform Integration
We know we want to purchase a video doorbell that integrates with the same smart home ecosystem we have. For us, that is either Amazon or Google. That way, we are able to control our doorbell camera, hands-free. And we can use it to trigger all our other smart home devices from light bulbs to televisions. For more on setting up a smart home, read our home automation guide.
Compatible smart displays and speakers
Echo Show, Echo Dot
Nest speakers, Nest Hubs
Artificial intelligence is key when it comes to video doorbells. They all work through motion detection; when they detect motion, we receive a mobile notification. But a lot of motion detected usually isn’t from people but from other moving objects. For example, we have some energetic squirrels pass through now and then. That’s where AI comes in handy. Person detection differentiates between people and other moving objects, while facial recognition tells us exactly who is at our front door. Unfortunately, the majority of video doorbells we review don’t have any AI capabilities, but these kinds of capabilities can be a huge advantage in giving us smarter, more specific notifications.
Depending on our video doorbell design, we either hardwire it into our home or operate it with batteries. It is always important to make sure that our home matches the video doorbell’s requirements before buying the doorbell. For example, some video doorbells require an existing doorbell setup while some don’t. If we don’t feel confident in hardwiring or otherwise installing our video doorbell, we hire a professional. Doing so usually costs us $100 or more,3 but at least in those cases, we know it is done correctly. The cheaper option, of course, is DIY installation, so we always make sure that we know what we are getting into before we purchase a video doorbell.
Finally, we thoroughly check out the apps. First, the app we use to control the video doorbell and its storage needs to be highly rated on either the Apple or Google Play store, depending on our mobile device. We prefer ratings of three stars and above and make sure to check out the most recent reviews to see the most current updates. However, we also run each app ourselves to see how easy it was to set up, how intuitive its controls are, and whether it allows us to fine-tune its features.
Best Video Doorbells FAQs
For more information on the best video doorbells, check out our FAQ below.
Through our research, we’ve found the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, the Nest Doorbell Video Doorbell, the Wyze Video Doorbell, the Logitech Video Doorbell, and the Lorex Video Doorbell to be some of the best video doorbells.
Ring does not require monthly fees for its video doorbells. However, we recommend signing up and paying for a Ring Basic protection plan for $3 a month ($30 a year) which comes with 60 days of video storage. Or upgrade to the Ring Plus protection plan for $10 a month ($100 a year) and get professional monitoring as well.
Video doorbells connect to a mobile application so we can see and speak to whoever’s at our front door from anywhere in the world. The camera comes with a speaker and microphone so we can have two-way conversations. Many video doorbells are motion-activated, notifying us whenever they detect motion, and some can even differentiate between people and other moving objects to make our notifications more relevant.
The best video doorbell available without a subscription is the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2. Among its many features, it comes with high-quality 1080p HD video, two-way audio, infrared night vision, compatibility with smart home devices like Alexa and Google Home, and customizable motion zones.